tripletail

noun
tri·​ple·​tail | \ ˈtri-pəl-ˌtāl How to pronounce tripletail (audio) \

Definition of tripletail

: a large marine bony fish (Lobotes surinamensis of the family Lobotidae) of warm and tropical waters that has long dorsal and anal fins which extend backward and together with the caudal fin appear like a 3-lobed tail

Examples of tripletail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Seasoned fishermen know that any object seen floating in inshore or offshore waters, a cardboard box to a log, is likely to harbor a tripletail. Ben Raines | Braines@al.com, AL.com, "Alabama Deep Sea Rodeo final results," 24 July 2017 Brian Sanders of Davie guided Frank Galluzzo of Plantation and his son Matt to four keeper tripletails and a 30-pound goliath grouper on 20-pound braided line. Steve Waters, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Post-full moon fishing yields nice wahoos," 18 July 2017

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First Known Use of tripletail

circa 1803, in the meaning defined above

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“Tripletail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tripletail. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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